Ravenea musicalis, an unusual dioecious palm, is one of only two species in Madagascar to grow in water (3). The trunk is relatively short and swollen, particularly at the base (2). The wood has a cream-coloured appearance and is soft and fibrous (2). Around 14 to 16 arching leaves stretch out from the crown and each support 59 to 63 stiff leaflets on either side of the leaf axis, giving the frond a feather-like appearance (2). The fruits are orange and the single seed within is covered by a hard, black seed coat (2). The species name musicalis was given to this palm by a Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew botanist after he heard the musical sounds of the palm fruits dropping into the river below (4).
- Trunk height: 2.5 - 8 m (2)